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The AFP provides 16 major news services, which are verified and broadcast in real time.

Thanks to its international network and editorial expertise, the AFP is able to provide high quality text services to press, audiovisual, mobile and online news professionals.

US air strike in Somalia targeting Shebab leader: government

US military forces launched air strikes against the leader of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab, the government said Tuesday, but gave no details if the attack was successful.

  1. 5.000
    dispatches, 1.250 as illustrated articles, per day
  2. 6
    major languages

    French, English, Spanish, Arabic, German, Portuguese

  3. 23

    Stories delivered in XML format Metadata for optimal integration.

5000 dispatches, 1250 as illustrated articles, per day, 6 majors languages

The AFP’s text services provide everything from breaking news to features, reports, interviews and profiles.

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All news categories are covered, with a particular focus on politics, economics, sport and social issues.

All stories are subject to our rigorous rules on verification, contextualisation and perspective.

AFP journalists on the ground in France and around the world, at times of war and peace, constantly strive to meet the expectations of news professionals in terms of speed and reliability.



Each and everyday, an average of :

French: 1.500 stories
English: 700 stories
Spanish: 400 stories
Arabic: 250 stories
Deutsch: 200 stories
Portuguese: 150 stories


Coverage which is both regional and international

AFP covers both international and regional news. This is why every text service has its own specific regional identity combining world news and news from the continent and area where it is based. Find out more
AFP’s text services regularly publish editorial calendars and memos that enable our customers to plan news coverage. Regional agendas list major events scheduled to take place the following day, week and month. Detailed regional coverage forecasts are also updated and made available several times per day.
AFP’s network is present in 150 countries throughout the world. The Agency has some 2,200 employees, of 80 different nationalities who keep constant watch on developments, from a multicultural perspective. The responsiveness of the Agency’s network means that teams can be moved quickly to global hotspots.

AFP’s text products can be used either via access to the complete content of one or more services, or via a category based selection in one or more languages, according to client needs.

AFP’s text services are covered by a global news reporting policy, which also includes the photo, video, graphics and multimedia services.

Thousands of customers all over the world use AFP’s text services on a daily basis to meet their various needs:

  • News professionals
  • Suppliers and integrators of mobile and multimedia services
  • Companies and Institutions
  • Public screen network operators
  • Available languages: French, English, Spanish, Arabic, German, Portuguese
  • Metadata: keywords, IPTC, financial codes. All AFP stories contain themed keywords describing the key news points, along with IPTC tag names. Stories covering listed companies include the company’s stock market value code.
  • Availability: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Disseminated: internationally.
  • Delivery: satellite, FTP, download site
  • Technical formats: NewsML-G2, IIM, NewsML-1.1, ANPA
  • 02/09/2014 05:53

    British activist set for Thai defamation trial

    A British activist is set to face a defamation charge in a Bangkok court Tuesday stemming from a report he co-authored on alleged labour abuses in Thailand's food industry.

  • 02/09/2014 04:30

    China calls for Britain to scrap Hong Kong inquiry: report

    Chinese authorities have demanded Britain drop an inquiry into the progress of democratic reforms in Hong Kong, accusing it of "highly inappropriate" interference in its affairs, the BBC reports.

  • 02/09/2014 03:09

    Hernandez headlines Hull City arrivals

    Premier League club Hull City brought in four new players on the transfer deadline day, including Uruguay international striker Abel Hernandez from Italian side Palermo for "a club-record fee".

  • 02/09/2014 02:38

    Manchester United confirm loan move for Radamel Falcao

    Manchester United have completed the shock signing of Colombia striker Radamel Falcao from Monaco on a season-long loan, the Premier League giants announced in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

  • 02/09/2014 02:29

    Queen's 'strange' world of selfies

    Queen Elizabeth II finds meeting crowds of people holding mobile phones strange and misses the days of eye-contact, according to the US ambassador to Britain.

  • 02/09/2014 08:45

    Australia axes contested mining tax

    Australia's upper house on Tuesday agreed to scrap a contested resources profits tax after the government struck a surprise deal with crossbench senators, including mining billionaire Clive Palmer.

  • 02/09/2014 08:02

    Fukushima workers to sue TEPCO for danger pay

    Workers employed in decommissioning the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant are to sue operator Tokyo Electric Power and some subcontractors, demanding millions of yen in unpaid danger money, their lawyer said on Tuesday.

  • 02/09/2014 07:43

    Australia satisfied on India's nuclear safeguards

    Australia is satisfied with the safeguards India has in place to allow the export of uranium to the nuclear-armed nation, Trade Minister Andrew Robb said on Tuesday.

  • 02/09/2014 05:23

    Asia shares mixed, Tokyo boosted by weak yen

    Asian markets were mixed on Tuesday, with Tokyo jumping more than one percent as the yen sank against the dollar, while investors were keeping an eye on the stand-off between Russia and the West over Ukraine.

  • 02/09/2014 04:02

    As woes mount, economic stats vanish in Venezuela

    Prices keep rising in Venezuela, economic activity is sputtering and shops struggle to fill their shelves.

  • 02/09/2014 08:44

    Venice buzzes with new film financing initiative

    Gripped by film festival fever, international investors are hunting for the next groundbreaking stories and rising-star directors -- and they're in luck, for far from the crush at festivals like Toronto, Venice has launched a unique initiative.

  • 01/09/2014 17:48

    Frances McDormand feted in Venice as HBO series premiers

    The Venice film festival feted the career of Frances McDormand Monday, the Oscar winning actress of "Fargo" fame, ahead of the premier of a new HBO mini-series she called the culmination of her life's work.

  • 01/09/2014 05:32

    Googling yourself hurts, says Miley Cyrus

    Pop diva Miley Cyrus has opened up to Australian television about her life, saying Googling yourself is bad for your brain and Elvis was a "twerker".

  • 01/09/2014 03:32

    Apparent Hollywood hack attack nabs stars' nude pix

    Nude photos purportedly showing many top stars, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and pop star Rihanna, bounced around social media, in an apparent massive hacking leak, US media reported.

  • 31/08/2014 21:57

    'Guardians' on top as North America box office slumps

    Science-fiction superhero flick "Guardians of the Galaxy" was on course to claim top spot at the North American box office this weekend as the worst summer blockbuster season in nearly a decade limps to a close.

  • 02/09/2014 07:02

    Kirk beaming after biggest PGA career win

    Chris Kirk fired a bogey-free closing-round 66 to win the PGA Tour's Deutsche Bank Championship by holding off hard-charging fellow American Billy Horschel.

  • 02/09/2014 05:35

    Beale, White axed after All Blacks flogging

    Australia coach Ewen McKenzie Tuesday dropped Kurtley Beale and Nic White for the Rugby Championship clash against South Africa following the Wallabies' 51-20 humiliation by New Zealand.

  • 02/09/2014 03:18

    Serena into US Open quarter-finals, sick Bouchard out

    Five-time champion Serena Williams reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final of 2014 at the US Open Monday while Canadian poster girl Eugenie Bouchard, struggling in the heat and humidity, was knocked out.

  • 02/09/2014 02:42

    Reluctant tennis star Makarova prefers life in shade

    Ekaterina Makarova found herself as the lone Russian left in a Grand Slam for the second successive time on Monday but insisted she'd rather be in the shadows not the spotlight.

  • 02/09/2014 01:13

    Djokovic hails return of Serbian teammate Troicki

    Even as he progresses in the US Open, world number one Novak Djokovic was keeping an eye on the fortunes of Serbian Davis Cup team-mate Victor Troicki's return from a controversial drugs ban.